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    LESLIE: Now we’ve got Betsy in Vermont who’s working on a project for the kitchen. How can we help?

    BETSY: I want to build a 2×3 cutting board. Should I use plywood and then what is food-grade linseed oil and where would I find it?

    TOM: Oh, that’s an interesting question. So you want to build a cutting board and well, plywood – I guess you could but I would much prefer to see you use a hardwood.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: So you would probably want to use an oak or a maple or a birch or a poplar.

    LESLIE: And what’s interesting. If you choose one of those types of wood you can get simple 1×1 or 1×2 stock lumber and stack them all together so you almost get that butcher block feel.

    BETSY: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: And in terms of the finish on it, you can use vegetable oil …

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: … which is fine. Made tons of cutting boards over the years with just vegetable oils. Or if you get a food-grade linseed oil you may have to order that from a specialty shop because you’re not going to find it at a hardware store or a home center but that certainly is another option.

    BETSY: OK, so I go for birch, oak or …

    TOM: Or walnut. You know, one of the hardwoods. Poplar. Yeah, but plywood’s going to be too soft for that.

    BETSY: OK, thank you much.

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